Healthy Indulgence: Known for its unique, Nordic-inspired dishes, NUR places a strong emphasis on using fresh, premium ingredients that reflect the restaurant’s philosophy of “nourishing gastronomy.”
Look & Feel: Like the light, minimalist fare, NUR’s interiors are clean and sleek. The design is dominated by a soothing taupe palette. Outside, there are lots of green plants and inviting seating on the terrace.
Meet the Chef: Chef Nurdin Topham worked at the celebrated French restaurant Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, UK; and at Noma, the experimental Nordic restaurant in Copenhagen that’s been hailed as one of the best in the world. He’s also a qualified nutritional therapist — so you know there won’t be any unhealthy ingredients found in his kitchen.
On the Menu: It’s obvious why NUR is such a hit with couples (on the night we visit, the place is packed with them). There are three-course, six-course and nine-course tasting menus with a series of beautifully presented dishes that make for good conversation starters. Don’t let the smaller portions fool you — a meal at NUR will fill you up pretty quickly, but not in a “I need a nap” kind of way.
Service: A number of friendly staff members present our dishes with detailed explanations of the ingredients.
Jeng: The six-course menu ($988 per person) offers a good overview of what NUR has to offer. Moreover, each dish is as Instagram-friendly as they come. A “taco” — a refreshing sardine wrap with pistachio and mint — worked well with its slightly tangy flavors. Onion, lovage and wood sorrel comes with a remarkably fresh mackerel, while the aged barbecued bavette beef with black garlic, hen-of-the-wood mushrooms and purslane is cooked just right. The meal comes to an enjoyable end with crisp flavors of mango with rice, sesame and marigold.
Not So Jeng: Looking for a big party with pumpin’ music? Look elsewhere. While we like the golden Taiyouran egg with peas and rocket, but the sauce tastes heavy on the seasoning.
Great For: First dates, health-conscious folks looking for a fine-dine experience.
FYI: The word nur means “light” in Arabic. Also, NUR grows its own herbs at a small garden terrace at the restaurant.
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